AMHERST, Mass. – Striking twice in 53 seconds, two first half scores proved enough for the visiting Bantams as the No. 20 Amherst College field hockey team fell to No. 17 Trinity College, 2-0 in their regular season finale Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the setback, Amherst closes out the regular season with a 10-5 overall record and a 5-5 mark in league play, while Trinity improves to 11-4 overall (6-4 NESCAC). Clinching the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC, Amherst returns to the field on Saturday, Oct. 27 when they travel to second-seeded Tufts for a 1 p.m. battle.
Breaking the scoreless deadlock at the 21:35 mark, Nicole Quinlan netted her fourth goal of the season to give the Bantams a 1-0 lead. With Trinity controlling the ball down low, Katie Savage '19 was up to the initial task as she turned away back-to-back shot by the visitors, however the second rebound bounced out to Quinlan just above the penalty hash who drove a shot through traffic and into the bottom left corner.
Doubling their advantage to 2-0 less than a minute later, Chandler Solimine gave the visitors some breathing room with an unassisted effort. Capitalizing on a fast break opportunity, Solimine poked the ball past a defender and beat the charging netminder in the resulting footrace before burying a shot into the open net.
The Mammoths best chance of the first half came with 5:16 on the clock as Shannon Tierney '19 gathered a short dish off a free start and powered a long ball towards frame. Holding positioning in front of her defender inside the arc, Natalie Hobbs '22 tipped the ball on target, however the Bantams keeper made a last second adjustment to just get her pad on the attempt.
Making one final push to avoid the shut out with time winding down, Laura Schwartzman '20 sent a pass to a wide open Franny Daniels '21 behind the defense at the penalty hash. Turing her attention towards the keeper, Daniels ripped a shot towards target however her attempt rang off the left post with nine seconds remaining.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (10-5) registered an impressive 11 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Lori Berger (11-4) made one stop for Trinity in the win.
Trinity owned the advantage in shot attempts and penalty corners, 16-4 and 4-3, respectively.
Amherst, Trinity and the NESCAC teamed up with Play4TheCure for this evening's contest. A sport fundraising program for the National Foundation for Cancer Research, Play4TheCure provides funding worldwide to the best scientists to enable cutting edge research that other large cancer organizations can't and won't fund. For more information or to make a donation in support of the teams, visit nfcr.org/get-involved